Dalrymple, Michelle

2014, 2015

Michelle Dalrymple lives in Black Forest, Colorado with her husband and three active sons. She has a passion for inspiring kids to explore the outdoors and learn to take care of the environment. Currently, she is in her 6th year of teaching a class she has created called “Wetlands and Waterfowl”. Her students learn about the importance of wetland conservation and also learn how to paint waterfowl in their environment in preparation for the national Jr. Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Ever since she earned her degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Northern Colorado, she has worked extensively in the outdoors with children of all ages. She became inspired to teach in the outdoors through a wonderful Marine Biology teacher during her high school years, who taught her to learn through observing in the outdoors. Her most rewarding “job” was working for College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine as a Program Director. She has also worked as a Naturalist at the Nature Center in Windsor, Connecticut, a teacher at the Outdoor Education Center in Trinity, Texas, and has taught “indoors” in Bailey, Colorado and instructed Science in Colorado Springs. For the past four summers she organized and ran a boys “Art and Nature Camp” which turned into a “Sports and Nature Camp” (so much for art). She is looking forward to returning to the Family Nature Summit to inspire more children to explore the wonders of nature and develop lasting friendships with others.